Sarlat, the capital of Black Perigord in France’s Dordogne department, is an exceptionally preserved city. Many believe it to be one of the most attractive and alluring towns in south-western France. We believe your visit to Dordogne would not be complete without a stop in Sarlat which is why most of our Dordogne biking tours have routes riding through the town.
Sarlat is a medieval town that developed around a large Benedictine abbey of Carolingian origin. The town’s cobbled streets, old roofs, and warm stone walls give an exceptional heritage. The medieval Sarlat Cathedral, which is dedicated to Saint Sacerdos, remains one of the most popular cathedrals in the region. It’s well preserved, exquisite architecture is one reason France declared the Roman Catholic cathedral a national monument.
The center of the old town consists of impeccably restored stone buildings and is largely car-free. On a summer day, don’t be surprised to find the town’s center to be booming with people. The population is only around 10,000 people, but a number of tourists can always be found admiring the town’s loveliness.
Sarlat has remained preserved and one of the town’s most representative of 14th century France. It is currently on France’s Tentative List for future nomination as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Don’t miss your chance to visit the town and see why everyone is mesmerized by its beauty and what better way to experience all that the town offers than riding your bikes on one of our tours.
If you are interested in visiting other cities around Sarlat, check our Dordogne best of biking tour which stops at Rocamadour, one of the most visited sites in France, a charming village built on a cliff side.